Charles Thompson  (1891-1964)
Last updated: 21.02.17
According to the Internet source given below, Charles Thompson was an American ragtime pianist who lived for the most part of his life in St. Louis, Missouri. An autodidact without notational skills, he was considered by his contemporaries to be the best living ragtime pianist. In 1916 he was involved in a massive legendary ragtime piano competition in St. Louis whereby there were 68 participants. Amongst these included the best in St. Louis, to whit Thomas Million Turpin and all of the famous Police Gazette contest players. He was declared the Missouri State Champion after a two week competition.
After meeting James Price Johnson, an up-and-coming stride pianist, in 1919 his playing and compositions immediately reflected the Harlem piano sound resulting in some memorable blues tunes.
His only published work is The Lily Rag (1914), arranged by Artie Matthews and published by the Syndicate Music Company, St. Louis, Missouri and he is still remembered for his Delmar Rag composed sometime in the 1910's.


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DBE648 The Lily Rag (1914)
D/A/T/T/B/GB(B)D/A/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 2½ mins.
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This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 13 works by Charles Thompson (1891-1964). It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located.

The Lily Rag (1914) wvicon.gif
Derby Stomp (?)
Buffet Flat Rag (?)
Hop Alley Dream (?)
Centennial Rag (?)
Lingering Blues (?)
Chimes Blues (?)
Mound City Walk Around (?)
Deep Lawton (?)
Rag Time Humming Bird (?)
Delmar Blues (?)
St. Louis Blues (?)
Delmar Rag (?)